Turkey is ready to go to Geneva for a Conference on Cyprus without any preconditions and is also ready to discuss security issues, UNSG’s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has told CNA.
Eide, who held a meeting on Wednesday in Ankara with Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesman of the Turkish Presidency, described his meeting as constructive, and expressed confidence that Turkey and Greece are ready to discuss the security issues, relating to the Cyprus question.
The UN official, who said he also held meetings at the Prime Minister’s office, told CNA today that the clear message from everyone is that Turkey is ready to go to Geneva without any preconditions and is also ready to discuss the security issues.
Asked whether he believes that Turkey is ready to shift its position on the security issue, he replied: “What I can see is that there is a will to have a discussion on that issue.”
Referring to a second Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, the UN official said that he shared ‘some ideas on how this could happen’ adding that ‘it is the core problem’.
‘We did not bridge the gap on how we can organise Geneva. I don’t think the problem is here, both guarantor powers are ready’ he said, in an apparent reference to Greece and Turkey, two of the guarantor powers. The third is the UK.
Asked whether it is possible to find a way to organise the Geneva Conference, he said ‘absolutely, it’s possible to find a way’.
Concluding, Eide said he is leaving Ankara today but will not be going to Cyprus for some time.
The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been underway since May 2015, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof./IBNA
Source: Cyprus News Agency